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Judgment Day Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2005

3.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Judgement Day Series

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At the start of David's bloated, near-future SF novel, the first in a new Christian apocalyptic series, a God-given breakthrough in engine design allows a 20-year-old religious cult, the Fellowship of the Faithful, to launch a spacecraft, Rising Savior, from the town of Christ's Home, Calif. In two years, the Faithful achieve a near-monopoly on space, threatened only by a counter-cult of blood-sacrificing Luciferians led by Manuel Crow, a former funeral parlor magnate who has "served the master of the underworld" for the same two decades. To escape Crow and the thousand-year Satanic reign he's engineering from his seat in Congress, Faithful leader Ira Breitling shepherds his flock to Planet America, where they battle for humanity's very soul. Filled with clichéd situations drawn from tabloid headlines, the book at times reads like a parody. Wooden dialogue, predictable plot machinations, heavy-handed dogma (both Christian and demonic) and two verging-on-one-dimensional characters leave little opportunity for spiritual uplift. Even though, by the merciful end, David has doggedly pulled out comic-book stops like deep-space booby traps, lethal asteroids and kamikaze spheres for spaceship destruction, his soggy space opera can barely manage a closing whimper. Agent, Carol McCleary. $75,000 national marketing campaign.
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Here's a fat apocalyptic novel Left Behind readers will like. There are a number of flying-saucer cults across the U.S., akin to every loopy, gather-on-the-mountain cult since the 1840s. The difference this time is that God has granted a faster-than-light spaceship drive to one of them, a fundamentalist movement called the Light in the Darkness Fellowship. After nearly bankrupting NASA with their efficient satellite launches, the fellowship begins a mass exodus to a virginal planet they call "America." In other words, they provide their own rapture, which may be David's most innovative contribution to apocalyptic literature. (His anti-Christ, U.S. president Manuel Crow, is not so innovative, but he's diabolical enough.) Readers could have done without David's lengthy lambasting of regression therapy used, in Satan's plan, to condemn the fellowship's parents of child abuse; this beats a horse that died about 10 years ago. Environmentalists come in for similar drubbing, with still more right-wing boilerplate about spotted owls and the like. None of David's fundamentalists is compellingly drawn, but he tells a good love story that dramatizes the difficulties between a fundamentalist workaholic and a liberal Christian counselor. And the last third of his novel, full of descriptions of the new planet's flora and fauna and of the pioneer's life that fellowship members eagerly embrace, is good-humored and grand, worthy of Kim Stanley Robinson. While no Luke Skywalker emerges, the climactic battle in the heavens is passionate and affecting, adding something new to the apocalyptic genre and linking it to the best military sf. John Mort
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0765309157
  • ASIN: B000FUTQG4
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,804,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. FOXWORTH on April 5, 2005
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Before reading JUDGMENT DAY, there were only three books in my lifetime that I stayed up till all hours of the night to read. They were FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC by V.C. ANDREWS, SWAN SONG by ROBERT R. McCAMMON, and STEPHEN KING'S THE STAND. Well, I've just spent the last two nights up very late reading JUDGMENT DAY, and it's a true winner!

Like me, you may have read the LEFT BEHIND series and come away with a bad taste in your mouth. The less-than-acceptable writing, the bland, unlovable characters, and the stock, vengeful Jesus. Very Disappointing. With JUDGMENT DAY, the writing is superb (King and Koontz, watch out!), the characters are real and you care about them, and the religious zeal is second to the science fiction.

I never review books by going over the plot... you can read the book and find out the plot for yourself. I review the writing, the characters, and the quality of the book. Well, this one is a winner in every single catagory. Something that is very important to me in a book is characters you can truly identify with, characters you can truly care about. This book has those characters.

Imagine if you will, fundamentalist Christians with the power of space travel and the desire to separate themselves from a secular, un-Christian world. Imagine all the villians in the secular world set on preventing them from leaving. This novel had more twists and turns and heart-stopping action that kept me breathless! Every time one problem was resolved, another issue came up that kept me turning the pages!

I don't think it's far to lable this an end-times book. After all, the world does not end in the novel, nor does Jesus return to the earth. But the villian (the President of the United States - sound familiar?
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I don't read much Christian fiction, but this book was a real find.

A "cult" has made an amazing discovery which enables space flight. This sets off a chain of events that is, well, apocalyptic.

This is a strange brew of sci-fi, religious fiction, and social commentary, and it's all done pretty well. Everyone is given a chance to present their point of view, in as balanced a fashion as is possible - hard to do, since eco-terrorists and radical feminists come off as rather unhinged. But this is true to life, so it's hard to fault.

Christian and non-Christians take equal lumps, as far as hypocrisy and rationalization. A Christian woman has an abortion; an anti-gun character has a gun; one main character is a religious survivalist who has no qualms about killing; Christians on the "new world" excuse some of their actions in terms of evolution; other Christians reintroduce slavery; and so on. No-one gets off easy, and everyone's words and actions are examined or challenged. There are a couple of characters which may seem over the top, such as the main villain, Crow, but if the premise of the Christian universe is accepted, it makes sense.

The logical consequences of many worldviews are examined in a fast-paced story - quite an achievement in itself - and the author has obviously thought through things in much detail.

The most frightening aspect is how an entire group of people - the "cult" - is systematically destroyed, lawfully, in the United States, through various means, and especially through a willing press and public opinion. It's heartbreaking to see a family destroyed through "repressed memory" therapy, and how events are "spun" to blame the "cult".
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As one who has read both the Left Behind series and Judgment Day, let me say that JD is no LB. That should encourage both fans and opponents of LB to consider this title. After who knows how many Left Behind books (was it 13?), most readers found themselves fans and opponents. I'm glad its over, and I haven't started on any of the spinoffs. Except for my secret theory for determining whether an author is Christian or not, I don't think this book is a "Christian" novel. Certainly not like Left Behind. The author presents a substantially flawed set of characters creating an inevitably flawed "church" at the center of the story. I am taking the bent that the author doesn't intend us to create a new theology of eschatology based on his story. Perhaps it is allegory. Who cares? Its a cool story. What if an offshoot group of Christian theology in an increasingly antagonistic culture of the future develops hyper-light speed technology? What if they decided to use it as a type of "Mayflower" to carry their marginalized followers to a new world? What would the new king say? I loved the story. There is plenty of room for a sequel. Mr. David, if you are reading, I'll line up to buy an advance copy. Someone complained about the incorrect use of an "ohm meter". If those types of things concern you, then don't trust my review. Frankly, I can't remember the exact usage of the ohm meter in the book. Someone complained about the book being predictable, so they quit about a quarter of the way through. That's kind of funny, if you think about it. As to my "secret theory"; if I told you, it wouldn't be a secret.
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